Our 2019 Candidates
Hello! My name is Kristy Rulison Brooks, and I am excited for the opportunity to fill a vacancy on the MJMHA board. While I am newer to the Morgan industry as a trainer/instructor, my family has been showing horses since the late 1970’s. I feel my experience from other breed industries can be of great service to our Morgan horses.
My family and I primarily showed Half-Arabians and National Show Horses under the direction of Leesa Massman, who always had a handful of Morgans and the occasional Saddlebred in her barn. It was here that I was able to get my first taste of those other worlds. Upon making the decision to become a professional in the horse industry, I shifted my focus from Half-Arabs to Morgans and Saddlebreds.
Currently, I own and operate Kristy Brooks Show Horses out of Dimondale, Michigan. When I’m not working horses, I can be found cheering my husband on at rodeos where he competes in team roping, or on our boat soaking up the sun.
I look forward to the opportunity to brainstorm fresh ideas and serve our Michigan Morgan horse industry!
Bobbie Jo Jaakkola
Since competing in her first horse show at age 1, horses have been a huge part of my life. I grew up in the Upper Peninsula, competing with stock-type horses at the 4-H and Open Show level. After high school, I attended Michigan State University’s Institute of Agricultural Technology and studied Horse Management and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science in 1998. Throughout my time at Michigan State, I was an active member of the Institute of Agricultural Technologies Horse Judging Team, the MSU Equestrian Team, and was a board member of the MSU Horseman’s Association. In 2004 I began Twin Elm Training as a part-time traveling operation which has evolved into a full time, full service horse training and lesson program. I have been on the MJMHA board before and would like the opportunity to join again and help support the club.